Design history: Midgard’s adjustable light – the rediscovery of a classic

© Midgard
© Midgard

Curt Fischer is today regarded the inventor of directional light. When he took over a machine factory for the production of industrial porcelain in 1919, he was unhappy with the lighting situation in his factory. In the same year he found a solution and established the Midgard brand and started to produce lamps with his company Ronneberger und Fischer. And that in a time, were electric light was in its infancy.

Interview with Tassilo Bost: “I wanted to combine private accommodation with the view to the harbor.”

Interiot designer Tassilo Bost © Westin
Interiot designer Tassilo Bost
© Westin

The Elbphilharmonie has had to overcome a few difficulties until its completion. However, it’s fascinating shape, the artful wave design referring to the water around it as well as the union between the old Kaispeicher, a former warehouse building, with modern glass architecture make it already to a landmark of Hamburg’s Hafencity. And also at the inside, too, the building wants to set an example – as in the bathroom concept of the integrated hotel Westin. In this interview, Tassilo Bost talks about his design – and why the “sublimity of a location” can practically become an erotic experience in a bathroom with a view.

Interview with Patricia Urquiola: “Every space can be used in various ways.”

Patricia Urquiola, photo: Georg Jensen
Patricia Urquiola
Photo: Georg Jensen

Designing is not so much about making a table anymore, says Patricia Urquiola. It’s more about the way spaces evolve, how they are crossed by time. We talked with the Italy-based, Spanish designer and architect about what today’s changes in lifestyles mean for her work, and about her new task as art director of Italian top level product company Cassina.

Interview with Tom Dixon: “We try to cover as many disciplines as possible.”

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Tom Dixon
Photo: Peer Lindgreen

From the beginning, Tom Dixon did not only design things – he actually made them. An approach which taught him everything about materials as well as manufacturing processes, about creativity as well as business. A conversation about the connection between all these aspects, and how they help to create quality in a time when living, working and leisure are more and more merging.

Versatile platform: imm cologne 2017 promotes contract business

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Motorola Headquarters, Chicago/USA (architecture by Gensler), Scope Seating by COR
Foto: COR

Exhibitors and trade visitors appreciate imm cologne as a platform for contract business. The equipping of hotels, shops and other projects is of increasing importance for manufacturers from the furniture and interior design segments. In Cologne from 16 to 22 January 2017 they will present a diverse offering for these segments, from new products through individual consultation to tailored solutions.